There are some truly important and different ideas in this book about managing your career and managing a company. All tied together, however, those moments account for only about an hour of this book. The rest comes across as a self-congratulatory ode to Jack Welch and GE. It gets more than a little old in a hurry.
I would like to read it again the next decade. After 10 years of work experience Im sure it will bring a different view of a bussines.
The best part of the audio version is how Mike transmits the passion for the bussines that Jack Welch surely had. In several parts the book gets hard to follow because he is so exited telling what happened in certain meeting or in certain problem that he speeds up the story. But at the same time, is so contagious that makes you want to become the next GE's CEO
One of the best I've listed so far. Content wise it is the distilled knowledge of a great CEO. The narrator managed to deliver the passion of the man.
If you have any interest in becoming a better professional, just read it.
I was initially skeptical that I could listen to a business autobiography (vs reading it) as I usually only listen to fiction. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First, Jack Welch was a character, and all of his good points come across in a light, entertaining and informative manner. (You hear about some failures also, but there's a lot more time spent on the positives -- not surprising, as it's an autobiography.) Second, there is a lot to take away from his experience if you run a business or manage people. Third, it is well narrated -- I especially liked that the narrator has an accent appropriate for representing a Massachusetts native (as Jack Welch is).
The focus is extremely heavy on his professional life and his personal life gets little mention, which I personally liked, but that may not be for everyone.
Yes, Very practical and pragmatic in an approach of the story line in management and leadership.
Employee Performance manage specifically the four e's + p.
the best book I have ever listened to that provides an interesting life story but also teaches best practices in management
...is basically how he writes this book. It's very interesting since I was quite young in the 80s and don't remember some of the situations back then.
Jack Welch stresses the culture that he tried to breeds into GE. He explains how he was willing to make changes if it bettered the company later on in life.
Overall, great book, probably a one or two time listen though, but well worth the listen if you are interested in business culture and dealing with management.
This recollection of facts, figures and thought processes are inspiring, even for me who is not really interested in GE as a company. Jack's leadership style is practical, simple and very effective. I made notes as I listened and I am sucessfully applying many of his ideas in my business.
A good business book that both is interesting walking through the management life of Jack Welsh, but also giving some great tips and tricks for everyday management. It is not about agreeing with all the approaches but getting more selections for your work tool box… I highly recommend.